Lecia J. Rives | Speaker | Coach | Entertainer





Lecia J. Rives


Lecia J. Rives, Esq. is a prolific speaker, certified coach, author, and performer who captivates audiences across the globe. She received her B.S. from Tennessee State University and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, and she’s licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

Lecia is the Founder and CEO of Speak uP! Enterprise, a motivational speaking, coaching, and training company based in Illinois. She is the author of Get Up & Be Somebody® and Campus Superstars, as well as a former adjunct professor of public speaking at Washington University. She is also a contributing writer for several publications and the voice of the Get Up and & Somebody® Motivational Moment and Get Up & Be Somebody podcast.


Prior to striking out on her own, she worked in the not-for-profit sector and served as the executive director and chief operating officer of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation.

As a performer, Lecia is the creator and host of Laugh Out Loud St. Louis, an award-winning clean comedy television show produced by her company Speak Up Entertainment, LLC which also produced the documentary, The Color of Healing and her one-woman show, Dreamin Outta My Mind which she wrote and performs across the country.

Lecia serves on various not-for-profit boards and committees. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and she lives with her husband and dog in Shiloh, IL.

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